Growing up I was a very shy person and I developed a bad habit of putting myself down in comments both to myself and others, especially in regard to my talents and artistic endeavors. I'd say little things like, "I stink at..." or "I'll never be good enough...". I remember one time in a classroom the teacher asked us to introduce ourselves and say something we were good at, when it came my turn I literally said, "I'm Brandon, and I'm not good at anything..." I look back at that memory and cringe. That must have been so awkward for everybody. Being humble is a good thing, but there's a big difference between being humble and putting yourself down with degrading and hopeless thoughts and comments. Humble means you're teachable and that you don't think you're superior to others. There is full room for having self-confidence and self-worth while still being humble. The irony of putting yourself down is that it is actually very selfish.
Part of what we're doing when we put ourselves down is we are setting up an emotional defense so we're not too disappointed if something doesn't work out or if we fail at something. It's hard and scary to put yourself out there and deal with possible rejection or failure. Putting yourself down stems as an emotional self-defense mechanism from feeling vulnerable. We all need to realize, however, that we should never put ourselves down in exactly the same way we must never put others down. We need to talk with respect about ourselves in the exact same way you would talk respectfully to others and people you look up to. We have no right to talk anybody down, including ourselves. Constructive criticism is not what I'm talking about here. Criticism can and should be constructive. It's recognizing areas that can be improved and trying not be offended when someone shows us something we struggle with and should work on. Straight up criticism for the sake of putting someone down, including yourself, is what I'm talking about here and should be avoided by everbody in every situation...
This is especially true in regards to our work endeavors and art. You need to think and speak positively about yourself and your ideas, even when we know our ideas aren't the best ones out there. We all have different levels of talent and there will always be people better than you at something. There will always be failure and rejection (even the best people in the every creative field deal with it). At the end of the day, sometimes we need to something straight up just for fun of it, the sport of it or the journey of it. Sometimes you need to do something because you like doing it, and then try to not worry what others think (a lot easier said than done). In the wise words of the coach on the movie Cool Runnings (he was talking about winning trophies and championships), "if you're not good enough without it, you'll never be good enough with it." What he meant was...you need to put out your absolute best effort, and then be proud of who you are as a person and proud of what you've accomplished, whether success comes or not, because that's what matters most. Our natural tendency is to compare ourselves to others and we long for validation in awards and success, but at the end of the day we have to learn to be proud of who we are and be proud when we've done our best (whether our best is very good or not), because in the end that's all we anyone can do. So just go out and do it, and try and have fun, and then be proud you've made something. Don't put yourself down. Think positively, but do give yourself constructive criticism and
Wouldn't it be awesome if they did a retelling of the Avengers in Medieval times?
Check out this incredible artwork. You could even cast new actors and actresses and have them released concurrently with the ones they already have planned...although it'd be fun to see the ones we already know and love put back in the Medieval ages too.
Far too many of us "follow our dreams" because we get excited at the thought of being rich and famous, or get caught up in the hope of the prestige of being "successful" and admired by our peers. How many of us follow our dreams "for the love of the game" whether we actually achieve our dreams or not? I often need to remind myself of this because it's easy and natural to want to be "successful," but we should be following our dreams because it means we're enjoying what we're doing. Following our dreams needs to be about finding joy in the journey.
A few years ago I watched a documentary film that had a such a big impact on me that I've thought about it again and again even years later. It was called Planet B-Boys (You can check out the trailer for it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpntYFfVoQU).
We're busy making new Ideas for Hollywood as we speak. We would like to pursue Youtube full time, but we know it isn't easy. Youtube advertising alone does not account for a lot of money. So we need to be creative in other ways to be successful. Ideas so far include sponsors, affiliate marketing (sending people to other sites for merchandise), offering media services and selling t-shirts on teespring.com.
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"I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world...I'm gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I'm gonna build bridges a mile long.." George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life
My name is Brandon. Like every other film student, I grew up thinking I was the next Steven Spielberg. When I was 13 my dad bought a computer editing machine for making videos. I immediately fell in love and the rest was history. I knew I was going to grow up making movies. My films were works of art in my eyes. I loved it. Years after graduating from college, however, something hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn't the next Steven Spielberg. In fact, I didn't even stand out from the crowd of talented filmmakers all around me. I felt really stupid it had taken me so long to figure that out, and then I got depressed. I was just an average person. I thought I was built for something more, like I was going to make a big splash in the world. I was, in fact, quite ordinary. I felt just like George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life. Things didn't turn out the way I planned or hoped, I felt stuck in Bedford Falls. I believe in God. I felt a little let down like He wasn't helping me achieve what I hoped. Life's been full of curve balls and disappointments, and it felt like my life wasn't going very far. Just like George Bailey, however, I came to a realization with some of God's help...it's a wonderful life. My life is quite ordinary, and that's OK. In fact, that's great. I learned to realize that great things come from ordinary people every day, things large and small, seen by many or a few.
"You used to be so cocky. You were going to go out and conquer the world. What are you but a warped, frustrated young man?" - It's a Wonderful Life
One of the things that helped me through my depression was a realization I had while watching Youtube videos. I would watch fan films and other random videos made my amateurs and ordinary people. Some of the videos were obviously lacking in productions values, editing or acting skills, and any other number of shortcomings...but I realized something...I saw real and true value in these videos and I enjoyed them. There were good things about them that I loved. They were fun to watch, they were clever or you could tell the makers were just having a good time. Some showed progress over time and others you could tell had hidden potential that got you thinking about possibilities. There were so many reasons to love them even with their failings or shortcomings. I think most of us love the art, creativity and effort put into fun ideas, even in ordinary things. I think that is why Youtube has created such a revolution in media consumption. It's mostly everyday people going out and making fun, ordinary videos. I love the line in Ratatouille " ...in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so."
That is what I hope to accomplish in our Youtube channel. I want to create fun videos that will help people daydream and have a small, healthy escape from life and its stresses. It is my way of living my dream, even though I'm not the next Steven Spielberg. We will have shortcomings in our videos, but hopefully someone will find value in them and have fun, just like I did with other channel's videos.
"...in the grand sceme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so." - Pixar's Ratatouille